Too often the rising number of teen pregnancies and STDs and what not are used to further promote abortion, artificial birth control, and immoral living sadly. Stopping and pursuing is a great way to look at it. Separating ourselves is key. St. Thalassios the Libyan said, ‘A wise man is one who pays attention to himself and is quick to separate himself from all defilement.’ Paying attention to the passions and how they control us helps us to create a virtue out of them.
I’ve been researching statistics on teen sexuality the past couple of weeks in preparation for a series we’re doing at Crash (our student ministry) entitled, “Sex on Fire.” I am more than saddened by some of the numbers that I’ve been seeing. The United States still leads among other developed countries in regards for teenage pregnancy rates. States that teach abstinence only have some of the highest pregnancy rates in the nation.
For a nation that boasts in being a “Christian Nation,” our numbers sure do not prove that to be true. By saying that, I am not saying that I support the idea that America is a “Christian Nation.” That opens up a whole can of worms that I am not willing to dive into at this time. I am simply saying that the American evangelical church boasts in this title and yet, we lead among other developed nations…
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